A teacher from the north-central Vietnamese province of Quang Binh has been found deliberately receiving two doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine within only 10 minutes.
The incident occurred at a vaccination site at a general hospital in Le Thuy District on Saturday, Ngo Duc Van – director of the infirmary – confirmed on Sunday morning.
N.T.L., a teacher at Truong Thuy Elementary and Middle School, received the two vaccine shots on purpose, Van added.
After getting her first dose, L. folded her vaccination paper to cover the confirmation stamp and headed back to the waiting line.
At the vaccination desk, the health worker looked at the folded piece of paper and was not aware that L. had already jabbed.
The health worker then injected L. with another dose and only realized it when she was about to add the confirmation stamp to L.’s vaccination paper.
The interval between the two shots was only 10 minutes, while the recommended pause for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is eight to 12 weeks.
L. had her health monitored for about 40 minutes before being sent home as she was still in good shape.
The teacher was told to promptly contact the hospital if she experiences any abnormal signs.
Upon being questioned, L. said she originally intended to receive four vaccine doses that day.
Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper contacted L. on Sunday afternoon and the woman confirmed she was in stable health.
Quang Binh has recorded over 1,400 local COVID-19 infections since the fourth wave hit Vietnam on April 27.